Clyde's electrocution — so early hinted at — is oppressively anticipated in this section. The anonymous voice asking a guard if there is any word from Albany is Clyde's last hope. The narrational reference to sundry clergymen who visit amenable prisoners on "murderer's row" prefigures the appearance of the Reverend Duncan McMillan. Clyde's electrocution itself simply repeats for the last time all the other executions of his nightmares.Thus, in the end, nightmare and reality, coming ever closer, finally fuse. Until this time, Clyde's imagination has been habitually at odds with causal action. Even in the Death House, Clyde is drawn more to life-as-it-might-be than to life-as-it-is. He reads light romantic novels which picture ideal worlds. Though still smouldering, Clyde sees the fever of his former life as a form of insanity, and as he reads Sondra's unsigned note in the dusk, the last trace of his vain, impossible dream vanishes.
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